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By Andy KatzLast week: 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting with four assists and two steals in a 65-64 overtime win over No. 7 Duke Sometimes one shot can change a season, a career and a national profile. Levance Fields' 3-pointer to beat Duke in Madison Square Garden on Thursday night will be a highlight he'll never forget. Fields decided to go for the win, not the tie, in overtime. He had the confidence instilled in him from his coaching staff, and the smarts to read a situation that he had the slower David McClure defending him near the 3-point line. And instead of driving into the lane, he stepped back for the game-winning 3-pointer. Fields scored 21 points, had two steals and made all four of his free throws. Sure, he committed a travel and offensive foul late, but he didn't get rattled with time winding down and Duke holding a two-point lead. Fields had plenty of emotion for him to take over the game. He was upset over the knee injury to Mike Cook -- his best friend on the team -- and he also had a slew of family and friends visiting from Brooklyn. The win, even with the loss of Cook for the season, puts Pitt in a position to earn a No. 1 or No. 2 seed if the Panthers win the Big East.
Andy KatzLast week: Defeated Cincinnati, 79-69, on the road and beat No. 4 Georgetown, 85-71, at home Memphis won the top-five matchup with Georgetown on Saturday. The second-half runaway was as impressive a performance as any team has put forth this season. Memphis clicked offensively in the second half, relying on the shooting and driving of Chris Douglas-Roberts, timely buckets from Derrick Rose and the rebounding work of Joey Dorsey. If Memphis were to play the rest of the season like it did in the second half, then a Patriots-like pursuit of perfection will be in order. But alas, even the Tigers admitted that they're human and won't be able to bring the same effort every game.
Jay Bilas1. Few have been bigger allies to college basketball officials than I have, and rightfully so. By and large, officials do a good job. But the game has changed, and many officials have not. They work too many games and are unprepared for the games they work. So far this season, I have seen too many games in which the officiating crew, overall, has not done a good job. I have said it before, and I will say it again: Officials need to watch tape of the teams they have in upcoming games in order to adequately prepare for what they will see. All coaches do it, and so do the better broadcasters. Officials should, too. The players are bigger and more athletic, and the coaches are more innovative and prepared than ever. The officials need to keep up. And don't tell me that they don't have time. When I travel, I take a computer with me and I watch tape of teams from all over the country. I often see officials on planes, and I have never seen one with a computer or watching anything in preparation for games. They do it in the pros, and they should do it in college. I have never done this before, but if I continue to see what I consider to be poor performances by officials, I will start naming names. The officials get paid, and the players and coaches who get called out by name when they perform poorly deserve the best the officials have. 2. Memphis put on a performance against Georgetown that should quiet any concerns about just how good the Tigers can be. The most impressive thing to me was just how tight and focused Memphis was on Saturday and how hard the team played together. Memphis has talent, depth and an outstanding coaching staff, but that is not enough. Like any championship team, they need to have a collective will, and they must be willing to sacrifice individual wants and needs for the success of the team. On Saturday, Memphis was the best team in the nation, and it had nothing to do with shots falling. I was impressed with Memphis for the little things it did.
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Marquise Gray grabbed six tough rebounds against Texas in Saturday's upset win.
By Reggie RankinScouts Inc.'s Reggie Rankin takes a look at four upsets that could happen this week: • Friday: Southern Illinois over Butler, ESPNU, 9 p.m. ET
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BYU's Trent Plaisted is one of the most underrated big men in the country.
By Andy Katz• If undefeated Ole Miss can avoid dropping a potential trap game on the road at Southern Miss on Friday. • If Connecticut can win a road game that you would think it should at Central Florida on Friday. • If Butler can pull off a quality road win at Southern Illinois on Friday (ESPNU, 9 p.m. ET). • If Oklahoma is tough enough to bully West Virginia and beat the Mountaineers on Saturday (ESPN2, 6 p.m. ET). • If Memphis plays with the same type of intensity defensively against a more defensive Arizona team on Saturday at FedEx Forum (ESPN2, 10 p.m. ET). • If Dayton can pull off the upset by beating Pitt at home on Saturday (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET) and give the Flyers a quality nonconference NCAA résumé. • If Wisconsin can put forth a better road showing at Texas on Saturday (ESPN2, noon ET) than it did against Duke last month. • If Gonzaga can pick up a much-needed top-25 win by beating Tennessee in Seattle on Saturday (ESPN2, 4 p.m. ET).